The physical proof of Palpable Imaginings is supposed to be delivered today. If I like what I see, I’ll release it for sale and it could be listed on Amazon.com in the U.S. and UK as early as tonight or tomorrow.
I’ve been ill with flu symptoms this week. Last night my sleep was once-again broken a number of times as I dealt with those symptoms. I like to look for the gifts in all situations, and am delighted to report that the interrupted sleep led my sleep-deprived and illness-addled brain to keep focusing on ideas that developed a bit more as I semi-slept and remembered each time I was rudely awakened. I finally gave up on the idea of sleep and began jotting them down. As it turns out, I think the characters created during the night could easily find themselves in multiple fiction short stories, and if I ever work up enough ambition, perhaps someday even one or more novels. I decided to have you be the first to read about the primary protagonist.
Toby Ohara is a young man whose father was a Japanese American and mother is of Irish descent. (I enjoy that the Japanese surname “Ohara” is so similar to the Irish “O’Hara”, and think the similarity could lead to some fun dialog.) Toby had a super-high fever–the kind that is nearly always fatal or creates major brain damage–but instead of those catastrophes, the fever triggers a hyper-sensitivity that enables Toby to instantly learn much about a person with a simple handshake, touch, or even the clipping of a person’s hair. He knows if the person is lying, has recently committed violence or is about to do so, if they are ill and what is making them that way, whether they are pregnant and by whom, or in love and with whom.
So far, my creative juices are flowing pretty strongly with this character. I already envision several situations and harrowing challenges poor Toby could have to face.